President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday expressed grief over the demise of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, stating the country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience.

Taking to Twitter, President Kovind wrote, “Extremely sad to know of the demise of Shri Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam. The country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. His long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam.”

“He will always be remembered for the development of Assam and especially towards his efforts to improve law and order and fighting insurgency in the state. His passing away marks the end of an era. In this hour of grief, condolences to his family, friends and supporters,” he further added.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of the former Chief Minister, describing Gogoi as a popular leader.

PM Modi tweeted, “Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”

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Gogoi, a veteran Congress leader, died at the age of 86 at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications.

He was a three-time chief minister of the state, a six-time parliamentarian and Union minister twice.